SEPTA’s 24-Hour Weekend Subway Service Pilot Will Start June 15th

SEPTA’s rapid transit lines will operate all night on weekends. Here’s what you need to know to ride them.

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Sources at SEPTA inform us that the transit agency will launch its previously announced pilot program to operate the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines all night on Friday and Saturday nights in the overnight hours (12:30 to 5 a.m.) of Sunday, June 15th. From then through September, instead of Night Owl buses, riders can catch a train home from a night of revelry in town — something riders and Center City boosters have been clamoring for over the last few years.

Here’s how the overnight service will work:

  • Trains on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines will operate at 20-minute intervals between 12:30 and 5 a.m., with trains in both directions on each line timed to meet at the 15th Street/City Hall transfer point with a 10-minute offset between lines. In other words, riders who need to transfer between the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines in either direction will have to wait no more than 10 minutes for their connecting train.
  • All subway and elevated stations will be open all night, but not all stations will have cashiers at the turnstiles. At unstaffed stations, riders will pay fares to the conductor on board the train before they can enter. Fare payment at staffed stations will take place in the normal manner. The busiest stations, including the terminals and 15th Street/City Hall, will be staffed. SEPTA will keep track of boarding activity at stations and make staffing adjustments as needed as the pilot progresses.
  • SEPTA Transit Police will have extra officers on duty on the rapid transit system during the hours Night Owl trains are running to provide extra security for riders.

Night Owl bus service will not run when the trains are running.

“We’re very excited to be able to offer this added convenience and more travel options for those traveling in the overnight hours,” said Smith.

Subway and elevated riders will no doubt be equally excited.

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  • buzzbye

    Much needed and long overdue

  • suz

    I wish they ran the train to the suburbs later then midnight

  • Recon

    What conductors? Hey, it’s a great idea, but I hope SEPTA is prepared for the drunks and scumbags who won’t want to pay to ride.

  • Facebook User

    Without regional rail service till 3 a.m. this means nothing. Useless.

    • farge

      …unless you’re one of the 100s of thousands of people who live near a subway

      • thegreengrass

        Or use PATCO, which is also 24/7.

    • kclo3

      RR ridership drops significantly after peak hours. It’s mostly not worth it outside of major events, but it could be warranted for a Chestnut Hill line.

    • Broad Street Subway ridership is about as large as the entire Regional Rail system put together. Market Frankford El ridership is about 50% higher than that. Even assuming a high number of transferees, there will still be lots of demand in just the Subway and El catchments.

  • poyzki

    Yes! This is a good thing. We need service for our maids who must travel long distances to Lower Merion. We are often the forgotten.

    • Turd Burglar

      I got a idea stop being lazy and clean your own house.

  • Turd Burglar

    Weekends? Majority of the people work the overnight shift during the week not the weekend. That would cut my travel time in have if it happend. Oh wait your catering to the drunks and party goers coming to and from the city instead of the working people of the city trying to put food on the table for there families.